Scintillating, surprising, inventive fiction from one of the most expressive younger writers in Britain. A book that is stuffed to the gills with giddyingly inventive writing and warming, puzzling emotions. Here be the Seventh International Military War Games Dance Committee Quadrennial Competition and Jamboree in all their televised, tacky, terrifying glory. And here are some of the choicest urban legends, each of them sliding toward Truth. Or a report on the trend of groomgrabbing -- the involuntary-but-not-violent seizure of the sartorially challenged by their well-meaning (and dapper) elders. And perhaps the most menacing (but then they're all menacing) telesales operation you could ever wish to encounter. This is a world ruled by fashion and the media, by branding and self-help jargon, by disinformation and paranoia, but it is a world where those that are being ruled tend not to comply readily, to forget themselves, to disobey and disappear. It all makes for a book that crackles with tension, wit and awe.
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patrick ness was brought up in Seattle, on the west coast of America, but now lives in London. His first novel, The Crash of Hennington was published in 2003.Review:
Praise for THE CRASH OF HENNINGTON:'A wholly original, hugely enjoyable first novel... Interweaving gorgeously fresh characters and a wagonload of parallel plots, this is the product of a heart-warmingly deranged new voice.' Guardian'Patrick Ness recreates the world as we know it, infusing it with a charm and whimsy that brings to mind Calvino and, of course, the Ionesco of "Rhinoceros". This is a true changeling of a book, both funny and subversive.' T.C. Boyle
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Book Description Flamingo, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 7139438